I clearly remember I was in grade ten when I got my first novel. It was Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. It probably wasn’t the best choice for a first-time reader as the book failed to interest me at first. However, the more I read, the more interesting it felt. I was now officially a reader.

Now, I was a big fan of thriller movies. One day, I decided it would be a good idea to give novels from the same genre a try. After a quick Google search, I stumbled upon Robert Traver’s Anatomy of a Murder. This was obviously the second novel I had read. Anyways, there was no looking back from there. That said, this has been my favorite novel for quite a while now. It simply had everything I could have asked for in a book.
As I read, my communication skills and vocabulary improved by leaps and bounds. Reading also worked as a stress buster whenever I felt down.
A couple of years down the line, I turned to reading history. Books like the Mahabharata have taught me many a thing on concepts like friendship, desire and revenge, among others.
Summer was my favorite time of the year to read novels, for no tuition classes meant extra time on my hands. I could easily read for around 6-7 hours a day!
One of my peculiar reading habits is to switch the genre after I am done reading a book. It helps me broaden my horizons.
I even suggested my friends to try reading. Initially, they were against the idea, but they now happen to be my library buddies. If you are one of those people who aren’t particularly fond of reading, I seriously recommend you to give it a try. It may be difficult at first. You may even expect to doze off, but once you get into a rhythm, you will be so happy (and thankful!) you started reading.
I would like to sum up with a quote by the French poet, Charles Baudelaire:
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.


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